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Tesia doesn't notice anything off about the machinery, most of it far beyond what she knows. As Sādhanā attempts to activate the device, she feels a tugging at her magical powers. Before she can pull away, the machine absorbs the spells she had prepared for the day. The machines make a distinct sound and glow a brilliant blue for a moment, lighting up the room. However, the machines stop soon after, the blue light turning into a dull grey.
Leaving the three tieflings behind, the rest of the group ascends the stairway. After leaving the spirit's abode, there seems to be no more rooms until you reach the highest point of the tower. One grueling climb later, you stand before a door that has a relief of the heavens carved into it. You see figures of some of the gods carved into the door with several empty slots.
"A fair question and one I shall answer freely," the voice replies. "I am a spirit of knowledge, bound to this Tower, like my brethren are bound to the other two. I only can speak of the present, whereas my brother you met in the Tower of Chaos can speak of the future. In the third Tower, the third spirit can only speak of the past."
It doesn't take long for the tiefling on the floor to come around. The voice answers Rhadaya's question as the others tend to the stranger. "Nothing guards the Chamber, only the figurines will allow entry."
Halfpocket waves as the three women enter his shop. "Ah, welcome. Anything I can get for you? Still wanting a third blanket, Toni?"
Ylrhea and Tesia see nothing on the stairway to bar your progress. You ascend one flight and come to a large garden. Unlike the one outside, this one is free of corpses. Arcane energy falls from ceiling of this room like multicolored snowflakes, seemingly nourishing the plants. In the center of the garden is a fountain, but it is devoid of water. Again, this room is silent. Passing through the garden, you see another staircase ascending upward.
"Then the gods have saved us all," Asha says, taking a sip of tea. "Oh, I'm going on about all this depressing business. Never mind that...we have a lot of time left together. And I will make sure you know your way around a kitchen before I let Dillon take your hand in marriage."
She smiles warmly. "If there's anything any of us can do to help you get through the past that haunts you, just ask."
Priya smiles as Rajni leaves the kitchen. "One day, you will be ready."
Asha takes the cup from Rajni and has a sip. "That's good. I appreciate you getting this for me."
She looks at her daughter for a moment. "I am thankful for the day you came into our house. You've made our lives better, Rajni. Never forget that."
"My sister never fails to amaze me sometimes. I think she just likes playing dumb," Priya chuckles. "After it's done steeping, you can add a little sugar to it, though Asha really doesn't like it sweet. You can also add honey or lemon, depending on your tastes. But, yes, that's all there is to that."
"Of course, dear," Priya says. "It's very easy to make tea these days, so I'll show you."
Priya takes a small box out of one of the cupboards. "Halfpocket carries these handy little things: bags of tea. So, you set the kettle on."
She puts the kettle on the warming stove. "All you have to do is wait for the kettle to whistle, then you pour the hot water into the cup. Simple as that."
She takes one of the bags of tea out of the box and sets it in a cup. After the kettle whistles, she pours the hot water in. "Now you let it steep for a couple of minutes and then it's done. Pretty easy, no?"